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All-age track record set at Running Aces
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - from Running Aces

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Columbus, MN --- For the second straight week trainer-driver Jason Ryan swept both the Open Pace and the Fillies and Mares Open Pace on the Tuesday night program at Running Aces.

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Jason Ryan urged Six Gun to the wire in Tuesday night’s $8,500 Open Pace at Running Aces in 1:50.4, an all-age track record performance. 

This week the feat was doubly impressive as Six Gun, a 5-year-old gray gelding owned by Anthony Artuso, set the all-age track record of 1:50.4 in the $8,500 featured race. The gate-to-wire performance lowered the 1:51.2 mark established last season by Restless Yankee. Firstclassallthway (John DeLong) and Armbro David (Tim Maier) finished second and third, respectively, in the six-horse field.

Ironically, Restless Yankee -- in just his fourth start back at Running Aces this season -- also won in a $7,000 conditioned race on the same card in 1:53, which will likely set up a grudge match between the current and former track record holders in next Tuesday's Open.

In the top distaff race, Passion R Virginie held off a late challenge by Show Runner (Tim Maier) and Blazing Fury (Rick Magee) to give Ryan his impressive driver-trainer double. The 1:53 clocking was a lifetime best for the 6-year-old mare that the 24-year-old reinsman also owns.

Racing resumes Wednesday night at Running Aces with a 7 p.m. (CDT) post time.

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